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2017 ENFiD European Conference

September 29, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0

EUR255 - EUR295


Strengthening Euro-Pinoys as agents of socio-economic and cultural change in Europe and the Philippines and empowerment of the Euro-Pinoy youth as development leaders within the mainstream Filipino communities in home and host countries.

To ensure your participation, please register soonest using this link.

1) Migration and Development
2) Migration and Social Issues (e.g. Human Rights, Environment degradation, etc)
3) Euro-Pinoy Youth

Note for ENFiD Officers only:Participation to 29 September is upon-invitation only.
Programs will be duly sent to invitees.

29 September 2017 Joint Closed-door Meeting of ENFiD- Europe Board of Directors with Country Representatives or National Board Representatives
Hosted and sponsored by the Philippine Honorary Consulate of Essen
Venue: BIB Forum of the BANK IM BISTUM ESSEN e.V. in Essen.

30 September 2017 Joint Plenary Sessions for ALL participants begin at 8AM, followed by Parallel Sessions:Euro-Pinoy Youth Forum and ENFiD Conference in the afternoon.

01 October 2017 Joint Plenary sessions resume at 8AM, followed by ENFiD General Assembly.

02 October 2017 
Farewell to departing Board Members and Welcome to New Board Members followed by First Meeting of New Board Members

* work in progress, expect minor changes

Day 1 Saturday, 30 September
Conference Moderator: Ms. Pia Abucay-Gonzales, ENFiD-Italy

Welcome (9.00-9.45)
Ms. Elizabeth von Atzigen, ENFiD Chairperson

Her Excellency Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria- Thomeczek, Philippine Embassy-Berlin
Ms. Emmalyn Liwag- Kotte, Country Representative ENFiD- Germany
Presentation of Special Guests by Ms. Elizabeth von Atzigen, ENFiD Chairperson
Panel discussion with the Special Guests on services to nationals (ATN) and services for integration and reintegration with the Special guests from various Philippine Foreign Posts in Europe
9.45-10.00 Opening Speech
Setting the Tone of the Conference, Ms. Rohlee de Guzman, ENFiD Executive Director
10.00-10:15 Coffee/Tea Break
10.15- 10.40 Keynote Speech Prof. Hein de Haas, University of Amsterdam
On migrants within the international arena (with current political developments) to narrow down on Euro-Pinoy roles as agents of change in the Philippines and in Europe including the roles of young people with mixed ethnicity such as the Euro-Pinoy youth (Migration and Development)


10.40-11.00 Keynote Speech Atty. Cecilia Jimenez- Damary, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on current human rights situation in the world and how it (can) affect the lives of Europe-based Filipinos. With special attention to women, the ethnic minorities and marginalized people and the situation of displaced people in Marawi.
11.00-11.20 Keynote Speech, Ms. Estrella ‘Mai’ Añonuevo, Executive Director, Atikha, Convenor of PinoyWISE and Board of Trustees of OWWA on the link between Migration and Development
11.20-11.40 Keynote Speech, HE Ambassador Nathaniel Imperial, Philippine Embassy-Tel-Aviv
About the sanctuary given by the Philippines to European Jewish refugees escaping the holocaust in World War II as a reference point in discussing how some of the Euro-Pinoys give support to the refugees/migrants coming to Europe from Syria and north African countries. The Euro-Pinoy support to refugees is an illustration of their integration in Europe and in responding to the refugee ’crisis’.
11.40-12.00 Question & Answer with the speakers


12.00-13.30 LUNCH BREAK
After the last keynote speech, split into Youth Forum and ENFiD Conference sessions.


13.30- 14.00 Ms. Regina Galias, Officer-in-charge of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, CFO, Manila, Philippines to talk about the CFO’s program on Overseas Filipino youths to bring them closer to their land of heritage and where the possible link with Y-ENFiD lies and forward-looking ideas

14.00-14.30 Ms. Melanie Cuizon- Baturi, to contextualize the experiences of different generations of Euro-Pinoys

14.30- 15.00 Coffee/tea break- going to workshop groups

15.00- 17.00 Workshops:
Why is it important for Euro-Pinoy youths to get organized? (goal-setting)
What are the burning questions/ issues of Euro-Pinoy youths? (defining the framework)
What can be done to answer these issues? (action-planning)

17.00-18.00 Joint plenary reporting of the workshops from the first day: Youth Forum and Conference workshops



Conference Moderator: Ms. Pia Abucay-Gonzales, ENFiD-Italy
13.30- 13.50 Rt. Rev. Msgr. Jerry V. Bitoon
Vicar General of the Diocese of San Pablo and Honorary Board Member ENFiD
On the politics of migration, including community organizing, the politics of being non-partisan, involvement of Euro-Pinoy with controversial issues such as human rights, gender relations, migration and development, and growing old in Europe, etc.

13.50- 14.10 Ms. Leila Rispens-Noel, Director and co-founder of WIMLER Hongkong and WIMLER Philippines on supporting development projects in the Philippines, social entrepreneurship and investment opportunities for Euro- Pinoys and reaching retirement age in Europe.

14.10-14.30 Marison Rodriguez, Vice Chair and IT Director, ENFiD and Mary Grace Schardin, Program Officer, PR & CommunicatonTeam, ENFiD on Labor Migration Cycle, International Conventions related to labor migration, Labor migration Governance, Social Protection of Migrant Workers.

14.30-15.00 Coffee/tea break / going to workshop groups


15.00- 17.00 Workshops:
1) Development projects, Investment opportunities, Social Entrepreneurship
Euro-Pinoys are avid supporters of development projects in their hometowns. The moment we set foot in Europe, our lives are marked with providing help to various development projects- building schools, scholarships, women projects, etc. In the last years, support through social entrepreneurships also became more known although investments in businesses set up by Filipino migrants is also becoming popular. How can we ensure real empowerment through development projects and social entrepreneurships? What are the possible traditional business investments open for us as Euro-Pinoys? These and more will be the highlights of the input of our invited speakers.
Speakers Ranz Lorenzo, Managing Director, BPO ME Consulting, Dubai UAE
and Leila Rispens-Noel of WIMLER HK and Philippines
Facilitator, Jean Lanerud- Gulfan, ENFiD-Norway

2) We came, we worked, we raised our children, we welcome our grandchildren…Decades after our migration to Europe, we find ourselves in the threshold of retirement. We are the Euro-Pinoy Senior Citizens. How do we relate ourselves with the migration and development here in Europe and in the Philippines?
Speaker Diana Oosterbeek-Latoza, Stg. Bayanihan, NL
Facilitator: Tessie Bertumen Wilms, ENFiD-Germany

3) Sustainable development should be a concern of all- whether we live in Europe or in the Philippines. ENFiD embarks in environment projects such as biogas digester and waste segregation. What are these and how can you be a part of these initiatives?
Presentation of Enviroment Projects of ENFiD Ruby Anna Bengtsson and Tess Badana-Ramakers, ENFiD Environment Team
Facilitator, Dennis Mana-ay, ENFiD Board Member/ ENFiD France.

4) Migration and Social Issues are interlinked. Migrants all over the world while integrating to the society of the host country, avidly follows the social issues in their origin country. This is also true for Euro-Pinoys. In the face of economic, political and social integration in their host countries, the Euro-Pinoys zealously express their sentiments regarding the social issues in the Philippines such as respect human for human rights, gender equality and the likes.
Speaker, Kay Abaño, filmmaker, Germany
Facilitator, Rosalud dela Rosa, ENFiD Board Member/ ENFiD Italy and Owner/ Manager of Mayumi Spa in Rome

5) Integration of Euro-Pinoys in Europe is an inherent topic within the Filipino community, who is sometimes referred to as the ‘invisible’ community, which connotes that the Filipinos are well-integrated in the European society. They speak the language, they participate in economic activities, they have European circle of frends, they are not a ‘loud problematic’ ethnic group. How true (or untrue) are these connotations?
Speaker: Theresa Alders, Second Secretary and Consul Phil Embassy, The Hague, NL
Faciltator: Edwin dela Cruz, ENFiD UK and Head of Faculty of Nursing, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

17.00-18.00 Joint plenary reporting
 of the workshops from the first day: Youth Forum and Conference workshops

END of Day 1.

GALA CONCERT & DINNER at Hotel Gladbeck Van der Valk, Bohmentstr. 333, 45964 Gladbeck
Busses are arranged to bring the participants to the Gala venue and back to the lodging venue.



9:00-10.00 Catholic Mass officiated by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Jerry V. Bitoon
(Optional: for those interested)

Conference Session:

10.00-10.45 Recap of Day 1/ presentation of Conference Statement

10.45-11.45 Launch of Y-ENFiD, Launch of ENFiD Sports Program and ENFiD- Atikha Partnership and PhilWise

11.54-12.00 Closing of the Conference

Lunch Break

Sunday, October 1, 2017
14.00- 18.00

Opening/ Introduction by Gene Alcantara, former ENFiD Chairperson
Welcome and Presentation of Annual Report 2016 by Betsy von Atzigen, ENFiD Chairperson

Presentation of the Board of Directors of ENFiD and Country Representatives by Betsy von Atzigen, ENFiD Chairperson

Presentation of Committee Heads/ Members (PR/Communication, IT/Website, Environment, Youth, Arts and Culture, Training and Education) by Diana Halmans, ENFiD Board Secretary and Leonor Vintervoll, ENFiD Board Member

Country Presentations/ Reports facilitated by Cheryl Sevegan and Nadeen Shaw, ENFiD Board Members

Presentation and discussion/ Approval of Amendments to the Constitution by Ric Gacayan, ENFiD Board Member and facilitated by Rosalud dela Rosa, ENFiD Board Member

Presentation and discussion of proposed 2 YAP 2018-2019 from the Joint Meeting of the Board and Country Representatives held on 29 September 2017 by Rohlee de Guzman, ENFiD Executive Director
Facilitated by Vanda Brady, ENFiD PR Officer

Election of New Board Members moderated by Marison Rodriguez, ENFiD Vice Chairperson

Oath-taking of New Board Members

Signing of Pledge, Oggie Maristela, ENFiD Board Member (in-charge)

Signing in on Committees/ Programs by Assembly Attendants

END of the Conference.



September 29, 2017 @ 8:00 am
October 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
EUR255 - EUR295
Event Categories:


ENFiD-Germany Registration Emmalyn Liwag-Kotte
ENFiD-Germany Registration Grace Schardin
ENFiD-Germany Accommodation Oggie Maristela
ENFiD-Germany Arrival Maite Dittke
ENFiD Executive Director Rohlee de Guzman


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